Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation. Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade. According… Read More
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31st Oct 2003 - Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister.
Many thought it was the dawn for Malaysia.
11 years later, it's still about putting Anwar Ibrahim in jail again.October 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Some 60,000 vehicles use the causeway between Singapore and Johor Bahru, its scruffy Malaysian neighbour, each day. Lately, drivers are paying more for the privilege. Since August tit-for-tat toll rises have meant a fivefold increase in the price of a return journey by car.
The tiff began when Malaysia, which still charges much less than Singapore, raised its toll in response to Singaporean plans to raise a tax on foreign vehicles. It is a distraction from a project supposed to bind the countries more closely.October 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm
Najib's excessive control over developmental allocation
Budget Speech (Part 2) by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong
One salient feature of Budget 2015 is the Prime Minister’s Department’s excessive control of the already very small development allocation.
Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has sliced away more budget allocation from other ministries over the last decade.
According to the statistics I have compiled, the allocation of PMD in 2006 was 2.5% of (RM 4 billion) of the total budget. Since then, it has been increased to 3.8% in 2008 (RM 6.9 billion), 4.9% in 2009 (RM 10.2 billion), 5.6% in 2010 (RM 11.9 billion) and 7% in 2015 (RM19 billion).
What is more alarming is that the PMD took a quarter of the total development allocation. In 2006, the PMD only had RM 2 billion (5.6% of the total development budget) but the amount increased more than six fold to RM 13 billion in 2015.
While the 2015 Budget has only allocated 18% or RM 50.5 billion for development, the PMD has taken the lion's share, 25 % of the total development budget.
The concentration of financial resources in the hands of Prime Minister Najib is unprecedented and unparalleled.
Of the development funds given to Najib’s Prime Minister’s Department, significant portions are of discretionary nature which usage is determined arbitrarily by Najib himself. To name a few big ticket items in the PMD’s developmental budget- the Facilitation Fund (RM 2.5 billion) and an allocation for "Special Projects" (RM 1.6 billion).
Such slush funds at Najib’s disposal in PMD at the expense of genuine developmental needs is deplorable.
I will raise the question of PMD controlling so much of the development budget during the committee stage of budget debate.
Liew Chin TongOctober 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm
KLUANG, 30 OKT: Ahli Parlimen Kluang Liew Chin Tong menggesa Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan Polis Diraja Malaysa (PDRM) menggiatkan usaha membanteras kegiatan perjudian di Johor, khususnya di daerah Kluang.
Kata Chin Tong, peningkatan jumlah premis judi terutamanya di daerah ini dibimbangi menyumbang kepada pertambahan pelbagai kes-kes jenayah.
“Semasa membuat tinjauan di kawasan Kluang dan berjumpa dengan pengundi, mereka mengadu bahawa salah satu penyumbang kepada kes-kes jenayah adalah pusat judi atau pusat hiburan,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu kenyataan.
Terdahulu, polis Johor dalam satu kenyataan baru-baru ini menyatakan bahawa seramai 1,673 individu yang dipercayai terlibat dalam kegiatan perjudian ditahan menerusi 3,611 serbuan dan pemeriksaan.